Iraq sends security forces to Syrian border

November 1st, 2008 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Ramadi (Iraq), Nov 1 (Xinhua) Iraq Saturday sent security forces to the Syrian border to prevent Al Qaeda militants from entering into the country, a provincial security source said. “Dozens of Iraqi police quick reaction vehicles moved early in the morning to the area near the town of al-Qaim, some 350 km northwest of Baghdad,” the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The source said the move came after a meeting held Friday between the commander of US troops in Anbar province, Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani and Major General Tariq al-Assal, police chief of the province in western Iraq.

Last Sunday, Syria’s official media reported that American helicopter-borne troops launched an assault on a building in a Syrian village along the border with Iraq, killing eight civilians.

A US official said the raid on the village was designed to kill Al Qaeda militants, pointing out that among those believed killed was Abu Ghadiya, “one of the most prominent foreign fighter facilitators in the region”.

US and Iraqi officials frequently accuse neighbouring Syria of allowing insurgents to use its territories as a base for sending fighters and weapons to conduct attacks inside Iraq.

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